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The Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), a prominent NFT crypto collection, has won a legal victory against the creators of the controversial RR/BAYC NFT collection, Ryder Ripps and Jeremy Cahen. Yuga Labs, the creator of BAYC, filed a lawsuit in June 2022, accusing Ripps and Cahen of infringing on its intellectual property rights by utilizing BAYC marks and marketing materials without the necessary licenses. Yuga Labs also disputed the defendants' claims that the BAYC non fungible tokens incorporated racist undertones and hidden Nazi symbolism.
In a recent ruling, a US court upheld Yuga Labs' BAYC trademarks, emphasizing that the defendants had employed the BAYC marks without authorization, leading to confusion among consumers. The defendants' argument that their use of the BAYC marks constituted fair use or artistic expression was likewise rejected by the court. The judge found that the RR/BAYC project sought to deceive and that Yuga Labs' BAYC marks had a significant market presence. In addition, the court ruled that the defendants' (rrbayc.com and apemarket.com) domain names registration and use constituted cybersquatting because they had the potential to deceive customers.
The court's ruling emphasises the significance of legal protections in the quickly developing NFT industry. It also draws attention to the current discussion surrounding the function of parody NFT coins collections in the field of cryptographic art. Others contend that they can harm the reputation and financial success of the original inventors, while some see them as a form of commentary and criticism. In the end, this situation serves as a reminder of the delicate balance between creative expression and infringement, as well as the potential repercussions for those who do so.
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